Government, Pastors & Staff

Our Government

At West Erie Presbyterian Church we believe the Bible, the Word of God, must govern how we organize ourselves and carry out the work of the Church. Central to our understanding of the Church is our belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:18). No human being or human institution has supreme authority over the life of the Church.
Therefore we believe the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Head of the Church, has shown us in his Word foundational principles for how to govern local churches. Our desire is to align our practice as closely as we can with what the Bible teaches.

In the Bible

Officers are chosen by the people of God (Acts 6:3-6; Acts 14:23). No one in the church has the authority to place over God’s people someone they themselves have not elected.
The church recognizes two positions of leadership, or offices: elder and deacon (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9). The office of elder is primarily responsible to shepherd God’s people through teaching the Word of God, administering the sacraments, exercising pastoral care, and overseeing the affairs of the church (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). The office of deacon is primarily responsible to carry out works of service and mercy for the church (1 Timothy 3:8-13).
The office of bishop and elder are interchangeable and therefore refer to the same office (Titus 1:5-7; 1 Peter 5:1-4 ; Acts 20:17-18, 28; Philippians 1:1).
The church is governed by a plurality or group of elders (Acts 20:17, 28; Philippians 1:1; Acts 14:23). The power and authority given to the elders of the church is not given to one person, but rather, to a group.
Ordination, the admission of a person to ecclesiastical office, is the act of a presbytery—that is, of a plurality of elders (1 Timothy 4:14; Acts 6:6). Therefore not just anyone can be an elder or a deacon. An elder or a deacon must be called by God, elected by the people, and ordained by the elders for their respective office.
The church is governed by local (Philippians 1:1; Acts 20:17) and regional (Acts 15:2-6) assemblies of elders. We see examples of local congregations with elders and deacons (Philippians 1:1) in scripture. But we also see those elders from local congregations coming together to make decisions about the life and ministry of the church (Acts 15:2-6). Therefore, West Erie Presbyterian Church participates in three levels or “courts” of church government.
At the local level, the Session or Board of Elders oversees the life and ministry of West Erie PCA.
 At the regional level, the Presbytery—elders from sister congregations in our denomination—oversee the life and ministry of the church in our region, the Ascension Presbytery.
At the national level, the General Assembly—elders from sister congregations and presbyteries from across the United States—oversee the life and ministry of the church for the entire denomination.

Marc Miller, Teaching Elder


Marc Miller is the pastor at West Erie Presbyterian Church. He started in August 2010. He attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College) in Grand Rapids, MI.  He has a wife, Natalie, and three sons. He enjoys preaching the Word of God as well as being outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

Matt Fair, Ruling Elder

Ruling Elder

Matt Fair is a ruling elder at West Erie Presbyterian Church.  He started in September of 2018.  He attended Grove City College and University of Massachusetts.  He has a wife, Denise, and three children.  He enjoys the preaching and fellowship of West Erie PCA as well as camping, hunting, and watching his children participate in sports.

Ruling Elder

Ken Peterson, RE

Ruling Elder, Emeritus

Ken Peterson has been serving the church for 40 plus years.  We thank him for his years of service for Christ's Kingdom and for his ongoing support and wisdom for the flock of West Erie PCA.